Martha Bartlett Gaines, age 86, of Back Berryton Road, entered her Heavenly home Monday, February 6, 2023 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 12, 1936 in Chattoogaville, Ga., daughter of the late Ellon Carr Bartlett and James Alfred Bartlett. She was a member of New Antioch Baptist Church. After raising her children, she was employed by Century Glove Company and later by Mount Vernon Mills before her retirement.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Joe B. Gaines whom she married July 2, 1953; brothers, Wesley, Roland, Gordon, Bill, James, and Dennis Bartlett, J.T. and Jim McAteer; sisters, infant, Barbara Lee Bartlett, Winola Brown, Ola Copeland, Lena Mae Nations, Mildred Gilreath, Bell Atkins, Sybil Hayes and Christine Bohannon and also great-great-granddaughter, Joselyn Phibbs.
Martha loved the Lord. She gave her life to Christ at an early age and always trusted in Him through all her difficulties. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother helping to raise and take care of all her children. She always has Sunday dinner all the way back to the beginning of her marriage when family would come to visit. After retirement, she began quilting, making numerous, all handmade, quilts for all her family. She never believed in being idle, work was the name of the game.
Survivors include her children, James Patrick (Pat) and Karen Gaines and Brenda Gail and Nelson Lee Wilson; grandchildren, Ethan Gaines, Cynthia and Nick Swords, April and Derek Adams; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Levi Adams, Kayla, Caitlin, Aleigha and Scottie Satterfield; great-great-grandchildren, Lilah Marie Gazaway, Parker Phibbs, and on the way Paxton Phibbs.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. from the J.D. Hill Memorial Chapel of Earle Rainwater Funeral Home with Pastor Andy Hutchins, Pastor Harold Helton, and Pastor Jason Lee officiating, interment in Summerville Cemetery. Active pallbearers Dylan Adams, Levi Adams, Scottie Satterfield, Ethan Gaines, James Lee Bartlett and Randy Hunter. Honorary pallbearers members of New Antioch Baptist Church, Care Givers of Tapestry Hospice, Staff of Oakview Nursing and Rehab Center, Joe Fay and Cathy Denson and Marilyn and Atteka Abdou.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Earle Rainwater is in charge of arrangements.